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  • Joy of Oil Painting: Beginner

    Two 6 week Sessions, on Saturdays:

    6 weeks—–January 20 – February 24

    6 weeks—–March 10 – April 14

    9:00am – 12:00pm / Oak Room

    All basic materials provided.

    A relaxing and exciting adventure into fine arts.

    You can start a painting with Sketching, the Grid System, or Photo Projection on Canvas.  You can choose your painting subject from our photo library.  A small class allows for individual instruction.  We have weekly, short art seminars and skill handouts to keep. 2-3 paintings can be completed.

    Members $69   Non-member $79

    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623


    Joy of Oil Painting: Intermediate – Advanced

    Two 6 week Sessions, on Saturdays:

    6 weeks—–January 20 – February 24

    6 weeks—–March 10 – April 14

    12:30pm – 3:30pm / Oak Room

    All basic materials provided.

    Ron the Art Coach will share with you the keys to painting success, including the Secret-Skin Formula.  You can start a painting with Sketching, the Grid System, or Photo Projection on Canvas.  You can choose your painting subject from our photo library.  A small class allows for individual instruction.  We have weekly, short art seminars and skill handouts to keep. 2-3 paintings can be completed.  All artists from other mediums, including past Oil Painting classes, are welcome. Advance to the next level in your painting practice!

    All professional mediums and supports are provided.  (Professional oil and 16” x 20” canvas)

    Members $89   Non-member $99

    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623


    Botanical Art & Illustration 2018
    4 Tuesdays a month per session

    10am-2pm (includes lunch break) / Oak Room

    Instructor, Cristina Baltayian

    January            9, 16, 23, 30

    February          6, 13, 20, 27

    March             6, 13, 20, 27

    April                3, 10, 17, 24

    May                 1, 8, 15, 22

    June                 5, 12, 19, 26

    These classes will be exploring color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching, and medium techniques. In conjunction with the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, students will be studying and portraying many of the Arboretum plant introductions from the last 50 years. The goal is to build a collection of paintings that will celebrate and document the invaluable contribution of the Los Angeles Arboretum to the state of California.

    $275 Arboretum members/ $295 non-members (includes Arboretum admission) per session

    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class


    Art Workshop 2018

    8 Mondays, 9:30-11:30am, Oak Room

    January 8 – February 26

    March 5 – April 23

    April 30 – June 18

    This is a self-directed workshop (no official instructor) that provides a supportive, encouraging environment for those who wish to pursue their artistic endeavors in watercolor, graphite, pastels, etc. Both beginning and experienced artists are welcome. It is a wonderful opportunity to develop at your own speed in your own media while being in the company of those with like interests.

    $40 members / $50 non-members (includes Arboretum Admission)

    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class


    Garden Night Photography 2018
    One Saturday/ Month Beginning in March

    7:30pm – 10:00pm / Rotunda/on Grounds

    Instructor: Frank McDonough

    March 17

    April 14

    May 19

    June 16

    Night offers unique photographic opportunities in the garden so come join us for this special session. Share your night photography techniques with other photographers. Special emphasis will be placed on the ‘Painting with Light’ technique, so bring your ‘big gun’ flashlights.

    $30 members / $40 non-members
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class


    ROCKLER: The Beauty of Wood Demonstrations

    6 Saturdays / 1:30pm-3:00pm / Water Conservation Garden Gazebo

    1st Saturdays of Each Month: January 6th – June 2nd

    Free for Arboretum Members / Free with admission

    January 6, Bet Sharry-Veilleux – Custom Made Wooden Bluetooth Speakers                             

    Come watch as we make custom bluetooth speakers using reclaimed wood. This speaker kit from Rockler requires no soldering and is a great DIY project for woodworkers and crafters of any level. The instructor, Bet, has been woodworking for 40 years. She enjoys making custom boxes and turning pens on the lathe in her studio at home. One of her passions is to pass the knowledge along in classes and demos.

    February 3, Jeanette Gonzales – From Bough to Box, with the Bandsaw

    Jeanette will show how to create a wooden box from a solid block of found wood.  Using just one woodworking machine and some nifty techniques, a half hour is all it takes to recycle a hunk of dead, dry wood into a beautiful and functional keepsake that will be treasured for generations. Jeanette has been active in the Los Angeles area woodworking community for nearly twenty years, and there aren’t too many local woodworkers with whom she is not acquainted.  She actively supports “green” practices among the local woodworking community by working to reclaim wood from our local “urban forest” at local green waste dumps, and processing it into specialty wood products, such as green (un-dried) blocks that can then be turned into bowls, or other beautiful works of functional and decorative art.

    March 3, Lou Barcelo – Wooden Sign Making

    Watch Lou demonstrate how quick and easy it is to create custom signs for your home and garden using Rockler’s Interlocking Signmaker’s Templates in the highly recognizable “State Park” font. Lou is the manager of the Torrance California Rockler store and an avid woodworker with more than 25 years of experience. Lou also teaches woodworking and fine finishing at the Torrance Rockler store.

    April 7, Mike Ward – Making a Toy Chest

    Watch Mike demonstrate how quick and easy it is to create a toy chest using Rockler’s doweling jig and Rockler’s Stay lid supports.  Mike is the assistant manager of the Orange California Rockler store and an avid woodworker with more than 15 years of experience. Mike also teaches woodworking classes and demonstrations at the Orange Rockler store.

    May 5, Pete Carta – Christmas Ornament with a Removable Top

    Pete Carta, from Rockler’s Pasadena store, will be demonstrating how to turn a piece of wood into a beautiful Christmas Ornament that doubles as a small gift box. Pete is a natural woodturning guru; he enjoys teaching turning classes and happily guiding students through the highly addictive process of turning chunks of trees into skillfully turned works of art.

    June 2, Paul Dershem – Coloring Wood Techniques

    Demo will discuss and show expample of various wood coloration techniques and their applications. Benefits, restrictions and various application techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. Paul is an instructor at Palomar College in the Cabinet and Furntiure Technology Program. He is passionate woodworker and has devoted himself to learning about and teaching wood finishing techniques.

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    Phone: 626.821.3222

    301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA, 91007

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